Mountain Hardwear Ghost UL 2 Review
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The Mountain Hardwear Ghost UL 2 tent comes in at an ultralight weight of 2 pounds, 9 ounces for a packed weight and 2 pounds 2 ounces for a minimum weight. This is the tent that is Mountain Hardwear’s lightest freestanding 2 wall, 2 person tent and it demands some attention.
Mountain Hardwear Ghost UL 2 Materials Used
For the main tent body material, the designers and Mountain Hardwear used a 10D ripstop nylon that helps minimize the weight of this tent. The fly of the tent uses a 20D ripstop nylon. In other ultralight tents, you will often see higher denier fabrics between 15-25. The material used on the body has an 800 PU/SIL coating for waterproofing and a 1200 PU/SIL coating for the fly.
The Mountain Hardwear Ghost UL 2 uses DAC Featherlite NSL poles which are significantly lighter than traditional tent poles. The poles don’t feel extremely sturdy compared to a standard DAC tent pole, but this is expected. I haven’t found the DAC Featherlite NSL poles to bend or break through testing, which is always a plus. When possible, I recommend trying to stay sheltered from sustained strong winds to keep the poles integrity in good shape. One benefit of the pole setup is that it’s all interconnected, so you won’t have a guessing game of what pole goes where when you’re setting up in the dark.
Sleeping Room in Tent
As with any ultralight 2 person tent, you’re going to sacrifice a little space. I found the Mountain Hardwear Ghost UL 2 to be a little more snug than other 2 person tents tested in the past. It worked well for one person and a large dog, but with two normal-sized people(guy and lady), the tent can be a little snug. There is an okay sized vestibule to keep your packs dry as there isn’t much room in the tent for packs. The UL 2 is has a front entry, meaning you only have one way in and one way out. This generally isn’t a problem for most people.
If you’re camping solo, the Mountain Hardwear Ghost UL 2 has plenty of room!
As you might image, the Mountain Hardwear Ghost UL 2 tent packs down pretty small. When rolled tightly, this tent rolls smaller than a standard Thermarest. To cut down on weight, Mountain Hardwear could have used a slightly lighter weight carry sack, but if you’re worried that much about weight, you’re probably ditching the carry sack anyhow.
The Mountain Hardwear Ghost UL 2 is waterproof with a waterproof rating of 1200 PU/SIL. The fly doesn’t go all the way down to the ground in the rear of the tent, so if you get any sideways winds with rain, there is a very small chance for rain to get up under the fly. This is unlikely, but it could happen.
The Mountain Hardwear Ghost UL 2 is definitely a tent you want to consider if you’re looking at ultralight tents for backpacking. The price point of $449 may be a little steep for some people, but you often see higher prices when you start reducing weight between 2-3 pounds. For more information, visit www.rei.com/mountainhardwear.